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For Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears

For Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears

January 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 17 — Before he was the familiar bald and bespectacled founding father, Benjamin Franklin was a 17-year-old neophyte printer with burning ambition and something of a punk-rock visual sensibility. Or so it seems from the very first piece of his printing, which will go on view at the University of Pennsylvania today — Franklin’s 311th birthday — after having been out of sight for nearly 200 years. Penn Libraries recently acquired the only known surviving... Read more

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A man reads a newspaper next to a metal sculpture of Don Quijote in La Paz, Bolivia, January 17, 2017.  — Reuters pic

A man reads a newspaper next to a metal sculpture of Don Quijote in La Paz, Bolivia, January 17, 2017. — Reuters pic